A Guide to Understanding the Different Levels of Football
Association football, also called simply football or volleyball, is an organized team sport usually played between two sides of eleven players. It is played on an oval field usually located outside, with goals called goals and the game ending when the team wins. It is played by about 250 million players around 200 countries and dependencies, which makes it the most popular sports in the world. The game was invented in France in 1894 and since then has spread all over the world. The game is very simple but with its popularity has evolved over the years into a number of different formats and team competitions.
Each player on a football team wears the number of his team on their right feet, while the players on the left feet wear numbers which are opposite theirs. The ball is weighted at the bottom so that it cannot pass through the goal by using gravity alone. Thus, to win, the team needs to score more points than the other team. The number of players on each team also determines the amount of time allowed for each side to play.
Football can be divided into three divisions: the amateur league, the professional league, and the inter- league. In the amateur league, amateur teams play against other teams from the country or internationally and are not affiliated with any particular football association. These teams compete against other teams until they reach the championship level.
Professional football is the highest division and the most competitive of all the three divisions. As its name suggests, it is a professional sport with teams from Europe, America, and Asia. Each team plays against teams from other countries or internationally and is sponsored by a variety of companies, which provide the players with various training gear. Professional football players are paid well; however, they are still given special teams to represent them. Usually, the players who are representing their countries wear jerseys and socks representing their team, which gives the spectators an insight as to what country’s players are wearing.
The third division is the Inter- league. It is an international league where the only rule is that each team must play against other teams from the same league. Unlike the NFL, in the IFL the ball cannot be used by one player on either side of the field. Instead, the other team must kick the ball into the goal line.
The last division is the Super League. It is the highest level of football in the United States. Unlike the NFL, the Super Bowl is always played at neutral venues. Instead, the Super Bowl has 12 “partnerships” that allow a team to be chosen between three teams. The winning team gets the Lombardi trophy.